Cooperation - Republic of Indonesia and Federal Republic of Germany

Strengthening the role of CSOs to promote improved forest governance

By strengthening the role of civil society in monitoring Forest Management Units (FMUs) and implementation of REDD+ initiatives, the GIZ programmes Forest Governance Programme and FORCLIME promote improved forest governance in Indonesia. In collaboration with Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) they conducted a workshop on 24-25 October 2014 in Jakarta. The workshop aimed to build synergies between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and communities to participate in monitoring the implementation of forestry development, especially the FMU establishment and implementation of REDD+ initiatives.

The two-day workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Forestry, academicians, donor agencies, national NGOs, local NGOs and representatives of indigenous peoples from several regions in Indonesia. On the first day the workshop focused on providing awareness about forest governance through mainstreaming FMU development, implementation and monitoring of REDD+ and forest governance instruments. During the second day participants were encouraged to understand the importance of forest governance issues, REDD+, and FMU and to synergize their respective roles in a follow-up action plan.
Resource persons at the workshop included Prof. Hariadi Kartodihardjo (Academics/ National Forestry Board), Dr. Nur Masripatin (Deputy Governance and Institutional – REDD+ Agency), Darmawan Listanto (NGO Flora Fauna International), Henky Satria (indigenous peoples alliance/ AMAN), Rivan Prahasya (Transparency International Indonesia/ TII), Ismatul Judge (Research and Development Center for Climate Change and Policy/ Puspijak-Ministry of Forestry), Henri Subagiyo (NGO Indonesian Center for Environmental Law/ ICEL), and Forest Watch Indonesia.

The Forest Governance Programme (FGP) is a programme of GIZ headquarters in Eschborn Germany. It assists partner countries in their efforts to improve forest governance, in particular to increase the effectiveness of forest governance initiatives such as REDD+ and FLEGT. In Indonesia, in collaboration with FORCLIME, the FGP provides grants to Working Group Tenure (WGT) and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI).

For further information, please contact:
Mathias Bertram, Strategic Area Manager for Forest Policy
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development

Developing teaching standards for forestry vocational schools

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The Center for Forestry Education and Training (CVET) in collaboration with FORCLIME conducted a workshop on Developing Teaching Standards for Forestry Vocational Schools (SMKK) and Discussing the Forestry Questions Catalogue in Bogor on 22 to 24 September 2014. The workshop was attended by 80 participants from the Ministry of Forestry (Agency for Forestry Extension and Development of Human Resources - BP2SDM) as well as teachers from 5 state and 12 private SMKKs.

The workshop aimed to: (a) Develop a catalogue  of questions and answers; (b) Identify and formulate implementation standards of vocational forestry schools; and (c) Identify the measures that need to be developed to implement the standardization of vocational forestry school.

A representative of FORCLIME, Dr. Pipin Permadi, stated in his speech that, as the formal forestry vocational education institution in Indonesia, SMKKs have a strategic role in training skilled technical personnel who will later work as the forefront of forestry development in the field. With regard to Forest Management Unit (FMU) development, the Ministry of Forestry plans to establish 600 FMUs in the next 5 years. Therefore, FMUs are going to rely on the skilled forestry human resources educated at SMKKs. Hence, the development of forestry vocational schools needs to be implemented in an integrated, sustainable way and consider both the needs of FMUs and other local stakeholders.

For more information please contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development

Forestry stakeholders learn about renewable energy potentials from biomass

Travelling workshop

The development of renewable energies is one of priorities of the Indonesian energy policy to reduce consumption of fossil fuels such as crude oil. Among various renewable energy sources, biofuels and biomass have the potential to replace fossil fuels and supplying raw materials for energy conversion. Their resources are scattered all over the country. In Indonesia, biomass-based renewable energies comprise variable-sized wood from forests (i.e. natural forests, plantations and community forests that commonly produce small-diameter logs used as firewood by local people), woody residues from logging and wood industries, oil-palm shell waste from crude palm oil factories, coconut shell wastes from coconut plantations, as well as skimmed coconut oil and straw from rice cultivation.

To support the Government of Indonesia’s policy on renewable energies, and to follow up the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, FORCLIME in collaboration with the Forestry Climate Change Working Group conducted a “Travelling Workshop on Bioenergy Development” from 23-26 September 2014. About 21 participants from the Ministry of Forestry, FORCLIME’s pilot sites in Kalimantan (Bappeda, Dinas Kehutanan and KPH in the three districts Berau, Malinau and Kapuas Hulu), a Forest Management Unit from South East Sulawesi, private sector companies and the FCCWG Secretariat joined the traveling workshop. The excursion brought the participants across Indonesian from Jogjakarta (Nyamplung processing for biofuel) to Bali (bamboo/ waste planned power plant generation), and Madura (wood pellet industry and community coppice system management to supply the wood pellet factory).

The participants got many insights from the site visits, for example on bioenergy-based sustainable forest management systems as a potential income source for local governments and communities. Sharing information among the participants has widened both their knowledge and perceptions on the services and products forests can provide. Best practice examples from the field have proven the feasibility for operationalization in Forest Management Units.

Some participants from the public and private sectors established informal agreements on how to develop a bioenergy-based initiatives for FMU management and development that are operationally feasible.

For more information on the topic and outcomes of the excursion follow the link here.

or contact Dr. Pipin Permadi, Senior Adviser for Forest Policy

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